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Entries in portland oregon photographer (2)

Thursday
Feb272014

All you have to do is dream (Milwaukie children's photographer)

The internet is magic.

You can have whatever you want delivered to your doorstep. You can know the answer to a burning question in an instant. You can get to know people who live on the other side of the world.

Basically, you can make awesome things happen, and do so with ease.

One day, an idea popped into my head: Wouldn’t it be cool to do a photo shoot in the old-fashioned soda shop in downtown Milwaukie? (If you read this blog regularly, you know I have a love for anything 1950s-themed. Here's a link to a vintage-themed couple's session I photographed a while back.)  I posted my idea onto my Facebook page, and minutes later Kayla wrote back and said she’d love to hire me to take photos of her children there. Within no time, we were brainstorming retro-inspired outfits for her two adorable kids, choosing a color scheme and meeting for coffee to hash out the rest of the details.

Kayla brought a lot of creativity and beautiful details to the photo shoot. She bought her daughter a perfect, vintage-style dress on Etsy, rounded up her mother’s antique cake plates that matched the era, and brought color-coordinating accessories to tie it all together.

The kids were so good during our shoot. There was a lot giggling and fun that morning — I’m sure the cookies and ice cream sundae helped!  

Thanks so much to Chris from Main Street Collectors Mall and Soda Fountain for letting us take over her fantastic shop for the morning. In addition to the historic soda fountain, you should stop in to check out the vast collection of antiques, toys and collectibles. There’s a ton to see, and you’ll also get a taste of history — John F. Kennedy made a campaign stop at the soda shop when he toured Portland in 1960.

How do I know? I looked it up on the Internet.

 

If you're interested in a photo session that reflects your style and personality, send me an email!




Friday
Nov012013

Getting over regret, my first giveaway and the lovely Elizabeth (Rex Putnam High School senior photographer)

 

Last year about this time, I was photographing a client who needed headshots for her company’s website at a local park. The client was running a few minutes late and as I sat there waiting, I noticed a high school-aged girl whose parents were taking her pictures with a camera phone.

My Facebook homies know where I’m going with this.

I was intrigued. Not only was the girl really beautiful, she also appeared to be a dancer because she was perching herself on rocks while striking ballet-style poses. After a minute or two, I realized they were taking her senior photos for the yearbook.

I felt a strong urge to go over and offer to take her photos. I truly believe that everyone should have photos they can be proud of, especially for the yearbook. But I hesitated. I wondered if it would be insulting to the family if I walked up and offered my services, or if they would think I was being weird or salesy. Not only did I have my own client who would be coming along any moment, but scheduling that photo shoot was the first time I’d been away from my 3-week-old son, and I wasn’t sure I was emotionally ready to extend the amount of time I was away from him.

And that was it. My client showed up before I worked up the nerve to talk to the family.

I regretted it because I could have helped them out, but I didn’t.

A year passed, and one day I heard that yearbook photo deadlines were coming around again. I remembered that day, and was struck with a need to make up for that time that I should have, but didn’t.

So I did my very first giveaway, and I offered a complimentary senior session to a deserving student via my Facebook page. I was absolutely blown away at how positive and kind everyone was. I had a great response, and my choice was made pretty simple when three separate people nominated the same person.

That’s how I got to know Elizabeth.

Elizabeth is a super hardworking student who has really turned her life around. She went from getting in trouble at her old school in North Portland, to really excelling and taking honors classes at Rex Putnam High School in Milwaukie. She’s even set to graduate a year early. She works almost full time and has big plans for her future that could include going to beauty school.

We did her senior portrait session at the always-stunning Cathedral Park, which is right in her old neighborhood and is a meaningful place to her. She said she always loved the bridge and really wanted a photo of herself in front of it.

We had a great session and I learned that in addition to being hard-working, Elizabeth is also a very sweet and kind-hearted person with a killer smile. I really enjoyed getting to know her. Elizabeth, I wish you success and happiness as you finish your last year of school, and who knows, maybe we’ll work together someday when you’re a hair and make up artist!

 

If you want high school senior portraits that reflect your personality and style, drop me a line!